Greater Manchester Police (GMP) currently have three people in custody in relation to verbal offenses relating to anti-Muslim comments made about the New Zealand terrorist attack on two mosques.
Voice of Europe (h/t Thereza B) Early Sunday morning officers were called to Queensway, Rochdale, to a report of a Muslim taxi driver being abused and threatened by members of the public who were referencing the terrorist attacks in New Zealand.
Officers quickly attended and two people, a man aged 33 and a woman aged 34, were arrested on suspicion of
racially anti-Muslim aggravated public order offences. They were interviewed by detectives later that day.
Separately, police arrested a woman aged 38 from the Rochdale area for a
racially anti-Muslim aggravated public order offense following comments made online about the New Zealand attack. She remains in custody for questioning.
Separately, a 24-year-old man from the Oldham area was arrested for malicious anti-Muslim communications referencing the New Zealand attack.
Both Oldham and Rochdale are Muslim migrant-heavy areas – and the latter is site of one of Britain’s more infamous Muslim paedophile rape gang scandals.
“Over the weekend we have had, however, a small number of incidents where people have either posted or made remarks referencing the horrible events in New Zealand, particularly online where people often think it is acceptable to abuse others.”
“People are entitled to free speech and this is always respected, however, where this crosses the boundary into criminal offences, let me be really clear, we will make arrests and if the evidence is there we will seek the prosecution of those involved.”